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Nigeria working on central database on criminals – IG

- Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

THE Inspector-general of Police, Baba Usman, has said plans are in place to have a central database for criminals in the country.

Usman, who stated this while speaking with journalist­s during a virtual chat, stated that the database would help the police to keep records of criminals throughout the country and help in their investigat­ion.

“Nigeria is working on a central database for criminals across the country and efforts are in top gear towards acquiring more tools for policemen to work with,” he stated.

He also said the ban on the issuance of permits for tinted glasses was not directed at factory-fitted tinted glasses for vehicles.

The IG noted that he was aware of complaints that some policemen were taking advantage of the ban to harass vehicle owners with factory-fitted tinted glasses, adding that efforts were ongoing to address the excesses.

He said, “We understand that there are usually issues with policies and their implementa­tion. The directive on tinted glass is not about the factory-fitted ones, but those that are artificial­ly made to cover the whole screen.

“If you look at the factory-fitted tinted glasses, you can still see through them and if there is any need for the driver to open the doors, the security officers will know. But those that are not factory-fitted are completely covered so that no one knows who or what they carry. Those are the ones the ban is targeted at.

“An enforcemen­t mechanism that will enforce the standardis­ed process of issuance of SPY number plates and tinted glass will be implemente­d across the country.

Speaking on the attacks on police stations, Usman said there had been a reduction of such incidents because the Nigeria Police Force had collaborat­ed with other security agencies across the country. ,,

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